Mahurangi News

DHB seeks nurses

Waitemata District Health Board is embarking on its biggest recruitment drive ever, seeking 100 new nurses before the end of June. The DHB wants the nurses for a range of new positions throughout the district spread across different departments. Chief...... Read More

Thousands support shellfish

Mary Coupe and MP Chris Penk A petition to stop the plundering of sea creatures from rock pools at Mahurangi beaches has gained more than 2800 signatures. The petition to Parliament by Mary Coupe, of Omaha, asking the Government to reduce the legal...... Read More

Snells water concern

Snells Beach’s water treatment plant would fall foul of new rules outlined in a proposed Water Services Bill. Watercare has confirmed that the bore water supplied to Snells Beach and Algies Bay has a a typical pH of between 8.3 and 8.4. Draft...... Read More

Solar school

An Albany school, attended by students living across the Mahurangi region, is making solar power a priority in a new sports complex currently being built. Kristin School took its first steps into solar power generation last year when a bank of eight...... Read More

Ministry of Health supports fluoridation bill

Sodium fluoride is often added to water and toothpaste. A Government proposal to amend legislation related to drinking water will make fluoridation of water in Rodney and Kaipara more likely. Treatment plants in Warkworth, Snells Beach and Wellsford...... Read More

Shellfish monitoring shines light on catchment health

About 45 volunteers worked in about a dozen teams, including many young children doing hands-on science. A community shellfish monitoring day on the Sandspit estuary on March 14 has highlighted a worrying decline in the number of cockles reaching...... Read More

Funding gives rural school new lease of life

  From left, Daniel Peak from Fulton Hogan, teacher Annette Bryant, AT’s Julie Crook and truck driver Ravinder Singh with Tauhoa students at the recent truck safety day. Students decided how the new $53,000 playground would look. Tauhoa...... Read More

Electric vehicles: Could getting one be right for you?

Richard Browning would not recommend a Nissan Leaf. Beryl Good thinks her Tesla Model 3 is absolutely fabulous. Julian Ostling, left, believes a switch to e-coaches was inevitable. Electric vehicle charging station locations. In an environmentally-conscious...... Read More

Performance art revs up lessons on waste

Wellsford School students participate in a lesson on waste with actor Tineke Robson at an outdoor classroom at the Lawrie Road recycling centre. Between auditioning and preparing for roles on stage and screen, actor and dancer Tineke Robson now has...... Read More

Brewery leads on environmental impact but seeks to do more

Members of the Sawmill brewing team in front of the grain silos that eliminate the need for 12,000 plastic sacks each year. Sawmill Brewery’s dedication to taking care of the environment has already won it international recognition, but for owner...... Read More